Amour script
Amour (2012)
Synopsis: Retired music teachers Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) have spent their lives devoted to their careers and to each other. Their relationship faces its greatest challenge when Anne suffers a debilitating stroke. Though Georges himself suffers from the aches and infirmities of old age, he bravely ignores his own discomfort to take care of his wife, and is determined to keep his promise to her that she never go back to the hospital.

SCENE 1 - INT. APARTMENT - DAY

The hallway is a mess. A window opening onto a light well is

open.

The door to the apartment is suddenly broken open. A plainclothes

detective, two uniformed police officers and several

firemen - also in uniform - enter and look around. They all

wear gloves and masks that cover their mouths and noses.

Behind them, the superintendent and his wife also push their

way in. They’re both holding their noses. In his free hand,

the superintendent holds a pile of mail and promotional

flyers. Behind him, comes a female neighbor.

PLAIN-CLOTHES DETECTIVE

(to the superintendent and the

neighbor)

Wait Outside please.

He signals to a police officer who herds the curious

onlookers back out through the door.

POLICE OFFICER:

(to the superintendent, pointing to

a pile of mail)

What’s the date of the last letter?

SUPERINTENDENT:

(verifying)

The 16th from what I can see...

Wait...

The plain-clothes detective has tried in vain to open the

door on the left. It has been sealed up with adhesive tape.

PLAIN-CLOTHES DETECTIVE

(to the fire officer)

Can you try?

While the firemen go to work on the door, the plain-clothes

detective goes into the adjoining dining room. He opens the

windows quickly and turns to go into the room to the left via

the double doors. They are locked and the gaps are also taped

up. He turns to the right and goes into the living room,

where he also opens up the windows...

FIREMAN (O.S.)

The door is open.

...and comes back into the hallway, passing by the waiting

firemen. Once again, we hear snatches of dialogue between the

police officer and the janitor.

2.

JANITOR:

...no as far as I know. During the

whole time, they had a nurse, but

it’s been a while since I last saw

her. My wife has been...

The plain-clothes detective enters the bedroom which is now

accessible. Its windows are open and the draft makes the

curtains billow into the room.

PLAIN-CLOTHES DETECTIVE

(to the firemen who are now curious

enough to come and stand by the

door)

Did you open the windows?

The firemen shake their heads.

The PLAIN-CLOTHES DETECTIVE turns toward the big double bed

placed against the back wall of the bedroom. On the right-

hand bed, there’s only the bare mattress. On the left-hand

bed lies the partly decomposed body of an old woman. Where

once there were eyes, now there are only gaping holes. The

corpse has been neatly dressed and is adorned with flowers

that have already dried out a little. On her chest is a

crucifix.

SCENE 2 - White letters on a black background: THE CREDITS

SCENE 3 - INT. CONCERT HALL - NIGHT

All we see is the audience pouring into the hall. GEORGES and

ANNE, both are around eighty, are part of this crowd. They go

to their seats in one of the rows near the front. Once

everybody is seated, we hear the usual ANNOUNCEMENT asking

people to turn off their mobile phones. Some people, caught

with their phones switched on, hasten to comply. Then the

lights go out. APPLAUSE.

Off-screen, we hear the soloist make his entrance. THROATS

ARE CLEARED here and there. Finally, the MUSIC begins.

SCENE 4 - INT. ARTISTS DRESSING ROOM - NIGHT

The music from Scene 3 continues. The soloist is surrounded

by admirers who congratulate him.

Now Georges and Anne push their way into the room. (If the

soloist is female, they will be carrying flowers, like most

of the others).

3.

When the soloist notices their presence, he leaves his group

of fans, heads towards them and greets them very warmly,

visibly glad to see them.

SCENE 5 - INT. BUS - NIGHT

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Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke is an Austrian film director and screenwriter best known for films such as Funny Games, Caché, The White Ribbon and Amour. more…

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